SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Stepping back into open company after taking a New York-bred stake at Belmont Park earlier this month, Haveyougoneaway rallied from next-to-last to catch favored Paulassilverlining in Wednesday’s 25th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
Coming back to the races 24 days after taking the Dancin Renee Stakes in her second start for trainer Tom Morley, Haveyougoneaway broke a half-step slow under Kendrick Carmouche, and they were content to follow a four-way skirmish for the early lead among Disco Chick, Diva Express, Sarah Sis and second-choice Bar of Gold that unfolded through fractions of 22.01 and 45.04 seconds.
Paulassilverlining, the 7-5 choice, looked as though she might garner her third straight stakes victory after coming off the rail to take charge in mid-stretch, but Haveyougoneaway closed steadily in the middle of the track to win by a neck. It was 12 lengths back to Disco Chick in third, with the order of finish completed by La Madrina, Sarah Sis, Diva Express and Bar of Gold.
“I broke good and I was sitting behind the top four and being patient,” said Carmouche. “The favorite came inside of me. I let her take the spot I could have been in because I knew my filly would make up the ground. Right past the eighth pole I grinded a little and she really came home. This horse never really exploded like she did. That’s when I knew she would grind it out.”
Haveyougoneaway carried 117 pounds, five fewer than top-weighted Paulassilverlining, as she extended her record to 10-4-6 from 25 career starts. She ran six furlongs in 1:09.94, and returned $9.40 to win as the third choice in the field of seven fillies and mares.
“All meet, this track has been playing so far where you need to be in the middle of the track,” Morley observed. “The rail is not the place to be. [Kendrick] angled outside the seven [Bar of Gold] and took dead aim at Paulassilverlining. We just got there in time. It’s very special to do it with a New York-bred. I’m a huge fan of the New York-bred program. The Ballerina [Grade 1, August 27] has to be a consideration … off the back of today’s performance, you have to consider the Breeders’ Cup.”
The Honorable Miss (G2) Quotes
Thomas Morley, winning trainer of Haveyougoneaway (No. 4):
“All meet, this track has been playing so far where you need to be in the middle of the track. The rail is not the place to be. He angled out outside the 7 [Bar of Gold] and took dead aim at Paulassilverlining. We just got there in time.”
“I take nothing away from her connections previously. She’s a hard-knocking filly who won a bunch of stakes, but sometime these sprinters start to get better around this age.”
“She ran so well last time against New York breds that it was time to face open graded stakes company. It’s very special to do it with a New York-bred. I’m a huge fan of the New York-bred program. We’re breeding some seriously good horses up here. I don’t think they can be looked at as they were previously. They are good horses.”
“Today was a massive target for this filly. There’s no reason she can’t stay in training as a 6-year-old. The [Grade 1] Ballernia has to be a consideration. But there’s the Bed o’Roses at Belmont. Off the back of today’s performance, you have to consider the Breeders’ Cup.
“This wins mean everything. This is my fourth full year as a trainer, so thank you to the connections of this filly for giving me the chance to train her. Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here. These are the ones you need so people pay attention.”
Kendrick Carmouche, winning jockey aboard Haveyougoneaway (No. 4):
“I broke good and I was sitting behind the top-four and being patient. The favorite came inside of me. I let her take the spot I could have been in because I knew my filly would make up the ground. It was going to make me get in the clear faster than I wanted.”
“Right past the eighth pole, I grinded a little and she really came home. This horse never really exploded like she did. That’s when I knew she would grind it out.”